Praia da Bordeira: The serene beach

Located on the Algarve coast of Portugal, near the village of Carrapateira, Praia da Bordeira is one of the most spectacular beaches. With craggy cliffs of limestone and widespread sand dunes, the Bordeira offers you three kilometres of magnificent golden sand. It is also the biggest beach on Algarve coast at the time of low tide.

Praia da Bordeira - Portugal (116460026)
Praia da Bordeira - Portugal (116460026) (Photo credit: Vitor Oliveira)

The name Bordeira has been given to the beach due to the modest river that flows on its southern side, right into the ocean. The river is often visited by migratory birds. It also frequently shapes a lagoon on the beach which is ideal for children to safely swim in.

Praia da Bordeira (19584115486)
Praia da Bordeira (19584115486) (Photo credit: Paulo Valdivieso)

Since the beach is not really a popular one it isn't really crowded and is therefore just right for a peaceful and relaxed holiday. Most of the people you will find here will be surfers and divers drawn to the area due to the good consistently powerful waves that hit the beach. Sometimes fishermen can also be seen perched on jagged cliffs trying to catch some lunch. After nine kilometres of driving towards Sagres, you will find Bordeira village to your right. From here, straight onwards, move for five kilometres till you arrive at Carrapateira village, which has some surf shops and a tiny market with a cafe, a bakery and a grocery shop. To get to Bordeira beach, at the north of Carrapateira, drive for one and a half miles on the road till you reach a wooden trail which will take you to the beach. Here you will have to cross the river or stream on foot.

Praia da Bordeira, Carrapateira (2)
Praia da Bordeira, Carrapateira (2) (Photo credit: Pedro Ponce Asensio)

Sitio del Rio is the only proper restaurant available here and it offers organic food including fish grills. However, it is also advisable to bring your own snacks and beverages.

The usual temperature of the sea water during summers is around 18ºC. The beach also provides convenient services for the disabled as well as good parking space.

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